Hi, Hande here!

Hande Bertelsen_Personal Trainer Barcelona

I have been a sports enthusiast my whole life. Growing up I was given the opportunity to play and just be. So, play I did:) I experimented with different kinds of sports, both at the individual and team level. I just loved and still today love moving my body. While free-style swimming competitively as a teenager, I also took an interest in gymnastics, tennis, and even beach volley—despite being vertically challenged.

My years of active living taught me the importance of practicing science-based, safe movement. So I decided to take it to the classroom and learned a bit about biomechanics, kinesiology and all the other fun stuff. The more I learn about the human body, the more fascinated I become and more grateful I am for what my body can do.

I believe that movement with awareness is an essential component of any physical activity. What is your body telling you today?

Throughout my thirties, I lived in New York City and had the opportunity to learn and work with the best of what the fitness community can offer. I traveled around the globe, visited more than 50 countries for fun and to study. Now I reside in Barcelona, Spain, where I instantly connected with and embrace the vibrant and positive community. Let’s get fit!

Studies and certifications

National certifications:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Lifestyle Medicine Essentials Specialist – 2023
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Corrective Exercise for Chronic Pain Specialist – 2021
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Post Orthopedic Recovery Exercise Specialist – 2019
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Pre-Post Natal Exercise Specialist – 2015
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Personal Trainer Certification – 2014
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE), Weight Management Specialist Certification – 2014
  • American Heart Association CPR AED Certification – 2014 (renewed annually)


  • Focus Personal Training Institute, Diploma in Personal Training Theory & Application, New York, USA, 2014
  • New York City Shape-Up Group Fitness, Certificate from Instructor Training Program, New York, USA, 2014
  • New York University, Center for Global Affairs, Graduate Certificate in Global Affairs, New York, 2010
  • University of Istanbul, Department of Literature, Istanbul, Turkey, B.A. degree in Literature, 2001
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Private practice

(2015- Present) I’ve had the incredible opportunity to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences working in Turkey, USA, SPAIN. From dedicated athletes and sports enthusiasts to expectant mothers, busy moms, and individuals navigating the phases of peri- and post-menopause, I’ve had the honor of supporting them on their wellness journeys, both in-person and remotely. Additionally, I’ve partnered with corporate organizations to foster a culture of wellness among their employees, empowering them to prioritize their health and vitality.

Fizyotek Plus, Fizyotek, Nişantaşı Istanbul, Turkey

(2014- 2015) Personal Trainer. At this premier physical therapy center, I provided corrective exercise services to clients, shared with physical therapists, who were recovering from or lived with musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses, such as physical trauma, sports-related injuries, chronic pain, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, and valvular heart disease and pre/post-natal clients.

NYC Shape-Up, New York, USA

(2014) Group Fitness Instructor. For the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, I taught boot camp class once a week to community members of all ages, with emphasis on behavior change for sedentary lifestyles.

24 Hour Fitness, New York, USA

(2014) Personal Trainer. At this flagship location in the heart of SoHo, I trained both high-functioning athletes and individuals living with chronic diseases.

First 30-minute free consultation

In a 30-minute free consultation session, I will be conducting various comprehensive tests to evaluate the health status & level of fitness of the client. This includes postural assessment from head to toe, which is essential in creating an injury-free and unique program, working with pre/existing or acute conditions, or managing injuries or pain at all levels

Hande Bertelsen_Personal Trainer Barcelona